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Best Albums of the 1980s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19801,515283,047 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,537155,909 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,514199,385 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,507180,541 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,544243,887 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,542191,474 Hounds Of Love (106th)
by Kate Bush
19861,615267,911 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,783260,028 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,826244,191 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,883332,288 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,2662,358,660

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
31.

Legend
Compilation
Jamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1984Appears in:416 charts
Rank in 1984:6Rank Score:11,387
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:248
Average Rating:  84/100 (849 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:583 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,288
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:251
Average Rating:  81/100 (874 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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33.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:515 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,656
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:262
Average Rating:  80/100 (755 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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34.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:10,144
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:275
Average Rating:  79/100 (681 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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35.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:580 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:9,920
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:282
Average Rating:  80/100 (725 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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36.

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:446 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:9,775
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:288
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (759 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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37.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:599 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:9,664
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:293
Average Rating:  78/100 (775 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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38.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:538 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:9,545
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:296
Average Rating:  80/100 (754 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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39.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:459 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,516
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:298
Average Rating:  79/100 (868 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:550 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:9,168
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:312
Average Rating:  82/100 (680 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 87 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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